The journal Quaternary launches a new special issue entitled “Past plant diversity changes” edited by Laura Parducci (Uppsala University, Sweden), Rachid Cheddadi (Université de Montepellier, France) and Keith Bennett (University of St. Andrews, UK). This Special Issue stems from the Conference on Past Plant Diversity Changes held in October 2018 in Rabat, Morocco and aims to examine the relationship between past environmental changes and their impacts on different aspects of plants species diversity during the glacial-interglacial climate changes of the Quaternary.
Natural past climate trends have driven major ecosystem changes and have shaped species distributions across the planet. Modern and future changes in diversity will be driven by complex interactions between human activities and the global climate system. In this modern context, plant species have to evolve locally or migrate to more suitable habitats. The past can provide us with fascinating information on how species reacted to different climatic situations, which could enlighten us about how to successfully manage future plant species diversity.
Contributions exploring the relationship between past environmental changes (including climate) and species distributions, their long-term survival and persistence in macro and microrefugia during climatically unfavorable time periods, their migration capacity and rates to recolonize available areas, their genetic diversity, and the lessons we can draw from the past to help conserving plant species are welcome.
Submissions are open. If you like to submit a manuscript to this special issue click here. The deadline is April 15, 2019.